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Old 17th August 2020, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hi friends,

Sharing this lovely barung from my father's collection.

Tausug?

OAL: 25.25 inches/ blade: 18.5 inches

WW2 era? seller claims it to be late 19th-early 20th century.

Enjoy!

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Old 17th August 2020, 01:38 PM   #2
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The scabbard has some nice MOP carving on it. That's very fine work!

I would say the scabbard is from the 1950s and the barung from WWII era. Not 19th C IMHO.
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Old 17th August 2020, 01:58 PM   #3
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The scabbard has some nice MOP carving on it. That's very fine work!

I would say the scabbard is from the 1950s and the barung from WWII era. Not 19th C IMHO.



Hello Sir Ian,

Thanks for the info.

Am I right to say it is of Tausug origin?

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Old 18th August 2020, 01:30 AM   #4
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Yves, I think it is a Sulu barung, most likely Tausug.
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Old 18th August 2020, 02:08 AM   #5
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I do LOVE that pierced MOP shell work!
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Old 18th August 2020, 04:13 AM   #6
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Hi friends,

Sharing this lovely barung from my father's collection.

Tausug?

OAL: 25.25 inches/ blade: 18.5 inches

WW2 era? seller claims it to be late 19th-early 20th century.

Enjoy!

Yves


Hi,

All features point to another tribe It's not a Tausug barung. Blade is younger than WW2, probably 80s onwards. I've held very similar and provenanced samples that are from the 80s and 90s.
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Old 18th August 2020, 07:17 PM   #7
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I guess that the scabbard is much younger as the barung. Yves, is the ferrule from silver?
Xas, look to the pommel, it has an age crack and in this form and patination I would say that the sword is much older as end of 20th century.

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Old 19th August 2020, 12:26 AM   #8
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As I look at this again, I find the blade profile is strange and not traditional, unless this is a trick of the camera angle.............
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Old 19th August 2020, 12:43 AM   #9
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I thought it was the angle of the picture that made the blade look a little odd. Buy Xasterix may be right, that this is not Sulu. Yves, can you give us a picture taken directly over the blade?
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Here's a similar sample with 80s provenance; it's already been halfway restored, it came from a lot of rust and dirt. As you can see, if I tilt the camera angle a little, it directly resembles the OP's blade profile. Even the broken 'beak' is consistent here; the textile is just a different pattern. MOP is also present in this 80s sample, just of a different style.

Detlef, I believe that particular blade profile did not exist before the 1970s. The break at the pommel of the OP's barung may not necessarily be due to age; bunti can crack when improperly handled either during pommel creation or handling (especially with a crack as large as that one). So far the age cracks I've encountered on pre-1900 bunti aren't as large yet as to allow the insertion of a coin.
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